BORAT, THE PORN KING?

22 Apr


Melik Malkasian as “The Kubrick of Porno” in The Auteur, showing at Tribeca this week

This week, I checked out a screener of The Auteur (no distributor yet), an intermittently hilarious film written and directed by video store clerk-turned-director James Westby that will premiere at Tribeca this Friday evening and will screen there again several times over the following week as part of the “Midnight Madness” slate. The film centers around Arturo Domingo (Melik Malkasian), a pioneering director of adult films known as “The Kubrick of Porno” whose personal life is falling apart at the same time his professional life is being celebrated with a retrospective tribute.

Westby and Malkasian have clearly modeled Domingo on Sacha Baron Cohen’s immensely funny Borat charactera bumbling foreigner who doesn’t realize how ridiculous he is and unknowingly emits homosexual vibes to others—which is funny for a while but can wear thin. What keeps this thing afloat and makes it worth a look are several outrageous scenes that are played completely straight and will literally make you laugh-out-loud, especially those that parody well-known filmmakers (Francis Ford Coppola melting down on the set of Apocalypse Now, etc.) and films (including My Left Nut, Requiem for a Wet Dream, and Domingo’s masterpiece, Full Metal Jackoff). J.K. Simmons-look-alike John Breen steals every scene he’s in as Domingo’s former muse Frank E. Normo, Michael Fetters is sufficiently creepy as a hippie named “Friend,” and real-life porn icon Ron Jeremy also makes a cameo.

One Response

  1. Anonymous 29. Apr, 2008 3:46 am #

    I know for a fact that these guys made The Auteur before Borat arrived and your trite comparisons to other actors and films places absolutely no value on this talented group’s efforts. For a bit of variety, I challenge you to evaluate a film for its originality and appreciate it for the creativity shown, instead of comparing it to all the films you watch, which you clearly have not the talent to make yourself. Your reviews are uninteresting and boring. I give you two fingers up!

    P.S. I’m surprised you didn’t give Ron Jeremy a bad review for impersonating himself poorly.

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